Daily Devotion Wednesday, 21 November 2018
True Christian piety
The Scriptures use the term ‘piety’ to describe the culture of godliness that should characterise the life of a son of God. Christian piety is the expression of godliness. It is interesting to note that Ananias, the man whom the Lord sent to minister to Paul following his conversion on the road to Damascus, was described as a pious, or devout, Christian. Act 22:12. Piety is most commonly defined as ‘religious devotion’ or ‘reverence’. However, when understood from the perspective, or doctrine, of godliness, piety is the culture of being connected to the offering and circumcision of Christ.
In the fellowship of the offering and circumcision of Christ, we receive resurrection life, which causes us to be born again from the dead. We are passing from death to life, and resurrection life is in us. This is because we have received the word of Christ, and believe in God. As Jesus declared, ‘He who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgement, but has passed from death into life.’ Joh 5:24.
Because we have passed from death to life, our dying and our living is now for the glory of Christ. Jesus revealed this principle when He raised Lazarus from the dead. This was also a feature of Peter’s recovery to sanctification on the shore of Galilee. Having called Peter to tend and feed the sheep of His flock, Jesus spoke to him concerning the death by which he would glorify God. Joh 21:15‑18.
Through His offering, Jesus gathered up our death-the death of sin-into His death. When we are joined to His death, we are being delivered from the death of sin, and we reveal His death. It is by this means that Jesus Christ is glorified, and all things-our living and our dying-are working together for our good. Rom 8:28.
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